What does Toni Morrison, who wrote The Bluest Eye, believe led to cultural self-hatred?

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Toni Morrison, a Black American writer, feels that the notion of White standards of beauty, perfectness and happiness imposed by the White community on the Black community led to cultural self-hatred. The main problem of the Black community’s own self-loathing and self-disrespect is that they have accepted their inferior status and ugliness. Because of this, they treat the members of their own community with hatred and contempt. Morrison asserts this fact with characters like Pecola Breedlove, Pauline Breedlove, etc. in her novel The Bluest Eye. Pauline loves being a servant in a White family and hates her own home and family members. Pecola feels that she will become beautiful and all her sufferings will end if she has blue eyes. Black boys in Pecola's school tease her for being black and ugly.

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